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Dinthill, Clarendon in Ben Francis showdown

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold
Clarendon College’s Nicque Daley (right) celebrates after scoring his second goal in the semi-finals of the ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis KO Cup against St Elizabeth Technical at Manchester High last weekend. Clarendon won 4-2.

Western Bureau:

Youth Reggae Boyz Kaheem Parris of Dinthill Technical and Clarendon College's Nicque Daley will go head to head this afternoon when the two most attacking teams in the rural-area schoolboy football meet at the St Elizabeth Sports Complex in the final of the ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis KO Cup. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.

Clarendon College are the only team in the competition with a 100 per cent win record and they will be looking to keep this record intact as they seek to get their hands on a title they last won in 1998. They will be forced to do all this without regular starters Ricardo McIntosh and Sanjay Williams, who are both suspended following Saturday's semi-finals where they both received red cards. Coach Byjeon Thomas told The Gleaner yesterday that they will both be missed, but he believes the depth and quality of their squad will take them across the line.




"We are going to miss them because they are integral to the team, but we have other capable players. Like the STETHS game, we will be playing against a team that is going to come at us, so what we will have to do is keep the football and just defend properly. I know it's not going to be an easy game, but as long as we have heart and determination, I know we can get the job done," said Thomas.

Dinthill's manager, Everton Burke said this match will be determined by who wants it more. He pointed out that they are hungry for this title as it's one they have never won and, after reaching the final for the first time, they are ready to cross the line.

Burke believes Clarendon remain very strong, even after losing two key players.

"I wouldn't say after losing two players they will become a weak unit because I know they have players that can show up for them," he said.